Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Friday the 13th (2009)

There's not a lot about this less-than-great remake of Friday the 13th that hasn't already been said on the web, so I don't want to spend too much time rehashing it. Most people agree that the movie wasn't very good, but considering the source material aren't too offended. After all, Jason flicks have never been in the running for an Oscar.

The good: Friday the 13th delivers on what you might expect from a movie of its kind. Namely: tits and blood. Lots and lots of topless girls. Even a girl waterskiing topless, which just seems to me like it might be...well, uncomfortable. Not to mention it would be difficult to even see that you were topless while waterskiing, so one wonders why either the filmmakers or anyone would want to do that. But. Suffice it to say that if you want to see a movie with lots of half-naked chicks, Friday the 13th does not disappoint.

Blood.... Lots of people die. There's a lot of blood. Since this is also something you'd expect from a movie like this, it delivers.

The bad:'s not gory enough. The filmmaking tends to move quickly, cutting and shaking its way through the death scenes, making it difficult to see what is actually happening to anyone. I miss the lovingly long shots of Tom Savini's handiwork from the 80s. I want to SEE what's happening. After all, it's a slasher movie.

Jason runs!

Yeah. How dumb is that?

Like Michael Myers, one of the main reasons Jason is creepy at all is the fact that he's ominous. My boyfriend Aaron and I were talking about this and we both felt that the fact that Jason would determinedly WALK after his victims, clutching his machete, was much creepier than a Jason who ran. It made him seem so confident, so unconcerned. He knew he was going to kill you.

Overall, this isn't the worst remake I've ever seen. However, I wasn' t super impressed either.

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